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Inappropriate Cardiac Stress Tests May Cost Half a Billion Dollars a Year (14 Oct 2014)

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Inappropriate cardiac stress tests may cost the U.S. healthcare system as much as half a billion dollars each year, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Joseph Ladapo and colleagues set out to analyze long-term trends in the use of cardiac stress testing in the U.S. Using data from national surveys, they…

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American Heart Association: Pay More Attention to Radiation in Imaging Procedures (29 Sep 2014)

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The American Heart Association is urging physicians to better understand the risks of radiation in cardiac imaging procedures. When ordering these procedures physicians should understand the appropriate use of each procedure, the radiation dose associated with the procedure, and the risks associated with that dose. Both the risks and benefits should be fully explained and discussed…

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Entrusting Imaging to Robotic Hands: The Potential of Remote Echocardiography and Tele-Consultation (31 Aug 2014)

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Jagat Narula, MD, DM, PhD, MACC, FAHA, FRCP

CardioExchange’s Harlan M. Krumholz interviews Dr. Jagat Narula about his research group’s study of remote, robot-assisted echocardiographic technology and its applications worldwide.

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Do FFR and IVUS Feed the Elephant? (11 Jul 2014)

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Richard A. Lange, MD, MBA and L. David Hillis, MD

Rick Lange and David Hillis wonder whether the debate about the role of FFR and IVUS in patient selection for PCI is a red herring in the larger issue of revascularization in patients with stable CAD.

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Wide Range of Radiation Dose in Children Undergoing Cardiac Procedures (9 Jun 2014)

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Children with heart disease are at increased risk for developing cancer later in life due to their exposure to radiation during imaging procedures. Since an ever-growing number of children with heart disease now reach adulthood, this may become an increasingly important public health issue. A new study published in Circulation offers some reassurance in finding…

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Patient-Centered Imaging: How Best to Communicate the Benefits and Risks of Testing (28 Apr 2014)

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Andrew Einstein, MD, PhD and John Ryan, MD

Andrew Einstein discusses his JACC paper on shared-decision making for cardiac imaging procedures that expose the patient to radiation.

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What’s Behind the Decline in Nuclear MPI Use? (27 Mar 2014)

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Kim Williams, MD and John Ryan, MD

John Ryan asks Kim Williams for his perspective on what’s behind a sharp decline in the use of nuclear MPI since 2006.

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rAAA Patients More Likely to Get Surgery and Survive in the U.S. Than in England (13 Mar 2014)

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Patients with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) have better outcomes in the United States than in England according to a new study published in the Lancet. Researchers at the University of London compared hospital data from 11,799 rAAA patients in England with 23,838 rAAA patients in the U.S. They found that U.S. patients were more likely…

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Steve Jobs Rejected the First Medical App in 1977 (27 Feb 2014)

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There’s been a lot of speculation that future Apple products will include health-related apps and biometric sensors. Here’s the story of what might have been the first Apple medical app, except for the fact that in 1977 Steve Jobs had absolutely no interest in going in that direction. George Diamond is now retired after a long and very distinguished career as a cardiologist…

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Scrutinizing the ESC Position Paper on Radiation Safety in Cardiovascular Imaging (6 Feb 2014)

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Reza Fazel, MD, MSc

Reza Fazel assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and implications of the ESC document.